"In April, 1972, my life changed forever..."Charlie Duke "Reflections of a Lunar Voyager" Autograph Manuscript Signed. Offered here is a truly incredible handwritten piece of history. An 8.5" x 11" sheet of Duke's personal stationery where he has neatly written some of his thoughts regarding his trip to the surface of the moon as Apollo 16's Lunar Module Pilot; he was one of only twelve men to have those experiences. This item has wonderful display potential. Transcript follows. Excellent.
"Reflections of a Lunar Voyager
"In April, 1972, my life changed forever as I found myself riding a Saturn V rocket into the heavens aboard Apollo 16, mankind's fifth successful lunar landing mission.
"On April 20th, John Young and I landed our Lunar Module 'Orion' on the moon's dusty soil. Several hours later, I emerged to become only the 10th human being in history to ever stand on another world!
"We spent the next three days living on the moon, and exploring the ancient Descartes Highlands in our Lunar Rover. Although the moon is totally lifeless, its beauty was incredible! The surface was colored mostly in shades of gray, and covered with lunar dust that was as fine as powder.
"Looking up into the lunar sky, I beheld the blue and white jewel of Earth. What a sight!
"It was a humbling experience to ponder the thought that I was one of only twelve human beings to ever experience this truly fantastic adventure!
"The epic voyages of Apollo marked a turning point in human history, when mankind first departed our earthly island home, and began the long journey to the stars!
Apollo 16 Moon Walker
Charles M. Duke Jr."
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